4. We advise against using
concrete with short reinforcing
fibers. The slab ends up looking
a bit “hairy,” usually in clumps.
5. You will need to protect the
slab from tar and paint spots.
For new concrete, let the slab
cure for at least two weeks, then
lay down plastic.
6. When covering the slab, do
not use sticky tape to hold the
covering down. This leaves dark,
blocky marks in the concrete,
which are permanent.
7. Avoid framer’s markings,
such as red framer’s chalk or
crayon, which seems to be completely permanent and can show
through the translucent stain.
8. It’s best to stain the floor
after the walls are painted but
before toilets, kitchen cabinets,
interior doors and baseboards
9. The acid stain can be
wicked up and turn wood black,
so it is good to have wood door
frames painted or sealed before
floor staining begins.
WHERE TO GET STAIN
True acid stains, which do the
best job of enhancing the slab,
are completely translucent. One
can see all the curing anomalies
in the slab right through the
stain, so the result looks truly
like a stone or marble floor. True
acid stains are not purchased at
a paint store or hardware store.
Due to the acid content in the
stain they are considered “
hazardous materials” for shipping
purposes. They are also fairly
tricky to use, so retail stores do
not want to deal with problems
caused by amateurs using the
product. You will need to go to
a Concrete Equipment and
Supplies Store to buy the stains.
These stores have the HAZMAT
rating necessary to ship and deal
with such stains. Concrete stores
are used to dealing with professional contractors; although
some will not sell stain to the
general public, most of them will.
There are now hybrid stains
sold at a few paint and hardware